Middle School Magnet Programs

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DeSoto ISD Middle School magnet programs offer academic pathways to pursue leadership, medicine and healthcare and the arts. In addition to these pathways, all students, regardless of campus or chosen magnet program, are exposed to the iSTEAM, or integrated science, technology, math, engineering, arts, and mathematics curriculum, a creative and highly-collaborative project-based learning environment.

Magnet Apply
The DeSoto ISD Magnet application window opens at midnight on Dec. 18, 2017 and will close at midnight on Jan. 31, 2018.

For more information on the DeSoto ISD iSTEAM program, go here 

DeSoto ISD also offers middle school scholars the opportunity to accelerate learning through our online course offerings. For more information about the DeSoto ISD middle school digital course offerings, go here.

For more information on DeSoto ISD’s middle school magnet programs, click on a magnet program title of interest below:

  • West Middle School International Male Leadership Academy
  • East Middle School Medical Magnet Academy
  • McCowan Middle School Fine Arts Magnet Academy

DeSoto ISD also offers online course offerings. 

West Middle School International Male Leadership Academy

The West Middle School International Male Leadership Academy curriculum incorporates character, civic, and leadership learning components. Each classroom is designed and developed to impact the unique learning styles of adolescent male scholars. West Middle School International Male Leadership Academy utilizes a highly-experienced, well-trained teaching staff focused on delivering high-quality instruction through research-based strategies that benefit adolescent male scholars promoting academic success and a foundation on which to build a life-long pursuance of learning.

West Middle School International Male Leadership Academy provides highly-visible male role models, mentoring, extracurricular activities such as band, art, choir, and athletics. West Male Scholars benefit from corporate, civic, and community partnerships who support campus projects and initiatives.

In addition, West Middle School is in candidacy to become an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme campus offering a middle school-tailored, highly-rigorous and competitive, globally-focused curriculum.

Learn more about the West Middle School International Male Leadership Academy here

 

East Middle School Medical Magnet Academy

The East Middle School Medical Magnet Academy program is a continuum of the Ruby Young Medical and Environmental Sciences Academy. East Middle School Medical Magnet offers a rigorous project-based curriculum that focuses on modern medical concepts through creative, analytical and evaluative thinking projects and prepares students for a wide range of careers in the healthcare field. Students in the program work closely with faculty members and community partners including surgeons, professors, hospital personnel and other professionals to create an environment supportive of creative and independent academic exploration with real-world relevance.

Learn more about the East Middle School Medical Magnet Academy here.

 

Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School Fine Arts Magnet Academy

The Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School Fine Arts Magnet Academy, named for the City of DeSoto Mayor and former DeSoto ISD Board President, is a continuum of the Woodridge Elementary Fine Arts Magnet Academy and a precursor to the highly-competitive DeSoto High School Fine Arts program. The McCowan Middle School Fine Arts Magnet Academy provides an inspiring and robust program for students interested in pursuing an accelerated arts curriculum. McCowan Fine Arts Magnet Academy utilizes the state standard Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, the Texas Education Agency guidelines for college readiness in fine arts, and the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts to inform curricular planning and development ensuring every student receives a research-balanced academic arts experience. McCowan Fine Arts Magnet Academy students experience both meaningful and enriching opportunities in the areas of visual arts, dance, band, orchestra, choral music, drama, and piano.

Learn more about the Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School Fine Arts Magnet Academy here.